On May 1st I got a lovely email from Kate Bradford. She is an industrial hygienist (occ health and safety) and has specifically researched safety hazard risks to potters.

Not only does Kate know how to protect against the dangers of wood firng she has done the leg work and found some reasonably-priced sources for things like these:  

So I wrote Kate back and she agreed to help me put together a shopping list for woodfire PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to make sure we are all using the right stuff and not overpaying for it.

 

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For handling things that could cut hands (like broken pots, rough wood, etc) but where you still need a high coefficient of friction for proper grip, these are inexpensive and ANSI-rated as cut resistant: https://www.magidglove.com/Magid-D-ROC-GPD730-Hyperon-Gloves-with-Full-Nitrile-Coating-and-NitriX-Grip-Technology-Coating.aspx (I paid 6.60/pr)


Re: the didymium glasses, I was given a pair of these to try, but haven’t used them much:  Uvex 880 series Klip Lifts.  Best price seems to be from Amazon.  However, what’s most important is to have something that is ANSI-rated again IR/UV exposure, and you don’t especially need something like blue (didymium) lenses to do this as long as they attenuate IR/UV sufficiently.  This is a fairly inexpensive option: Magid Gemstone Sapphire Y30 (but be sure to get the 5.0 IR rating). These are good for checking cones as long as there isn’t significant heat (otherwise, I would use the Oberon Face shield (you’ll need both the shield and the ratchet gear):


Magid® WeldPro® DJXG1575 Aluminized Carbon Kevlar®/Leather Welding Gloves

Magid® WeldPro® DJXG1575 Aluminized Carbon Kevlar®/Leather Welding Gloves

Magid® ZT1314WL Zetex® High-Heat Gloves

Magid® ZT1314WL Zetex® High-Heat Gloves

Gloves:

https://www.magidglove.com/Magid-Aluminized-Carbon-Kevlar-Gloves.aspx  (Kate paid $39.15/pr)

https://www.magidglove.com/Magid-Zetex-ZT1314WL-High-Temperature-Safety-Gloves-ZT1314WL.aspx (46.40/pr)

Kate’s husband really likes:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N1VJDIQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

For handling things that could cut hands (like broken pots, rough wood, etc) but where you still need a high coefficient of friction for proper grip, these are inexpensive and ANSI-rated as cut resistant: https://www.magidglove.com/Magid-D-ROC-GPD730-Hyperon-Gloves-with-Full-Nitrile-Coating-and-NitriX-Grip-Technology-Coating.aspx (I paid 6.60/pr)